Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Nikki Lanzer


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A Taste of the Country

Farm to Fork Retreat in Mondovi offers idyllic getaways, wood-fired pizza

Nikki Lanzer

Scrambling to find those last-minute flight deals or book that exotic, faraway vacation? Let the hunt end now, and look no further than the Farm to Fork Retreat to satisfy your desires for a nature-filled haven and local paradise – complete with wood-fired pizza ...

Mother's Day Music

Bo Weber pens album Wendy for his late mother

Nikki Lanzer

This Mother’s Day, Minneapolis musician Bo Weber will skip out on the flowers and chocolate to give his mom something a little more personal – a self-produced album written in her memory ...

Bold Brushwork

Mayhew-Hamm's colorful creations at the Janet Carson

Nikki Lanzer

One area artist has found her canvas calling and is ready to share her creations with the community. The newest exhibit in the Janet Carson Gallery at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center ...

In the Market for Local Art

Menomonie artists will show off their stuff in Wilson Park

Nikki Lanzer

The Menomonie Farmers Market will be growing more than just flowers and produce this year. In addition to the vendors selling your favorite fruits and veggies, the Wilson Park ...

Bearing the Truth

UWEC profs’ children’s book focuses on how life changes us

Nikki Lanzer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Step aside Corduroy and Winnie the Pooh – make room for a new bear in the library ...

Student Movement

UWEC’s annual Danceworks showcases bodies in motion

Nikki Lanzer

The Department of Music and Theatre Arts at UW-Eau Claire will present its annual Danceworks production May 5-7. Just in time for Mother’s Day weekend, the concert will take place Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm in the Kjer Theatre ...

Adding a New Element

UWEC a capella group writes its own origin story musical

Nikki Lanzer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Stretch out those vocal chords and get ready to sing. The members of UW-Eau Claire’s all-male a cappella group, Fifth Element, will be taking a break from the concert scene to test their talents on the musical ...

LIST: Local Community Gardens

check out the Chippewa Valley's community gardens

Nikki Lanzer

Chippewa Valley residents are whipping out their shovels, rolling up their sleeves, and getting down in the soil this season to brush up on their growing expertise ...

Faithful Follower

original musical drama offers biblical tale for Easter

Nikki Lanzer

The entertainment in store this Easter season goes far beyond some giant bunny and a bunch of dip-dyed eggs. For this holiday ...

Ghosts & Gunpowder

artist’s new show uses explosive media

Nikki Lanzer

Local artist Ashley Harrington is stepping outside the cookie-cutter canvas and saying goodbye to pencil and paint. When it comes to her creations, Harrington steers wide and clear ...

Curing the Blues With the Blues

blues vet’s 15th album tackles Lyme disease struggle

Nikki Lanzer

One local musician refuses to sacrifice his passion for music – even in the face of a chronic illness. With the release of his latest album, Lyme’s Disease Warrior, Eau Claire blues artist Craig Barr ...

Summers in the Spotlight

a former UWEC professor takes a nostalgic look back at Baraboo theater

Nikki Lanzer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A former UW-Eau Claire professor is telling the raw and unfiltered story of life on the stage with the recently published Curtain Up, Light the Lights! A History of the Green Ram Summer Theatre ...

Blue Marble Express serves up wood-fired pizza

Blue Marble Express serves up wood-fired pizza

Nikki Lanzer, photos by Luong Huynh

There’s a new pie-tossin’ joint on the block, and it’s serving up slices from an era of the past. Arriving on scene from the Roaring Twenties, the Blue Marble Express recently opened its doors near Lake Wissota as the hub for specialty wood-fired pizzas ...

It's Snow Time

Children’s Theatre brings classic fairy tale to life

Nikki Lanzer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Get your singing voices ready and prepare to join the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre this winter in their upcoming musical rendition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Performances of this song-filled adaption of the Brothers Grimm classic will take place at Eau Claire’s State Theatre from Feb. 4 through Feb. 7 ...

Caught Up in Her Place

inspired by her Valley home, poet embraces her surroundings

Nikki Lanzer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

“Roses are red, violets are blue ... the most beauty is found in the world around you.” One local wordsmith has just released her latest volume of poetry – a stocking-stuffer that will satisfy bookworms and nature enthusiasts alike. In this full-length collection, Beyond Bulrush, Chippewa Falls author Jeannie Roberts ...

Delicious Traditions: Bloomer bakery’s new manager keeps it simple

Nikki Lanzer, photos by Nikki Lanzer

One Bloomer woman is rolling up her sleeves and rolling out the dough as she embarks on her latest role as manager of Bohemian Ovens. Previous owner Mike Hable decided the time had finally come to hand over the reins of the bakery, which was established in 1997. And just as the retiree bid farewell in favor ...

Winston-taneous Piano Magic

acclaimed pianist George Winston returns to the State

Nikki Lanzer

Come out and witness a master on the keys. Renowned pianist George Winston is returning to town, and he’s bringing his impeccable ivory-tickling skills with him. On Dec. 19, community members are encouraged to come down to Eau Claire’s State Theatre for an evening of talented musical fun ...

Community Chorus

collECtive Choir combines local voices for gospel sound

Nikki Lanzer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A joyous song erupts over the still evening asphalt. Each and every harmonious note that floats up into the blackened sky seems to rise from somewhere deep within the gutters of the city, causing curious passersby to halt suddenly in their paths. A closer listen reveals the sound of many distinct voices ...

Ye Olde Madrigal Dinner Brings Renaissance Flaire

annual UWEC event mixes food and song

Nikki Lanzer, photos by Zach Oliphant

Prepare yourselves – Christmas caroling season is officially here. In order to celebrate the holiday’s musical past, UW-Eau Claire’s Chamber Choir will deliver their annual “Ye Olde Madrigal Dinner.” The ensemble will perform Dec. 4-5 at 6:30pm both evenings. Shows will take place in the university’s Council Fire Room in Davies Center ...

Hop on the Holiday Train

Chippewa Valley Museum to show off 384 square foot toy train display

Nikki Lanzer

All aboard! All are invited to come check out the standard-gauge toy train set on display soon at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire’s Carson Park. The three tinplate locomotives to be featured in the 384 square foot showcase will herald in the holiday spirit – and maybe Old Saint Nick as well ...

Tombeaux-Lievable: Video game explores the history of the St. Croix River

Nikki Lanzer

Get your paddles ready – the time has come set sail on the mighty St. Croix for a grand river expedition. A virtual one, that is. One computer-savvy UW-Stout professor is in the process of making this a reality with the development of a new PC video game. Dave Beck, the university’s director of game design and development ...

Adam Dorn Snaps Up a Handful of Photo Awards

Nikki Lanzer

Operating behind the high-res lens of a camera, one Eau Claire man continues to capture success. Local photographer Adam Dorn took home three honors in this year’s annual Moscow International Foto Awards. But the self-taught camera man is no newbie to the trade, as the wins from this fall’s contest represent just a handful ...

Off the Top of Their Heads

annual improv festival’s on-the-spot belly laughs are back

Nikki Lanzer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Come prepared for the unexpected. Scripts are out the window at the annual Eau Claire Improv Festival, now in its fourth year. Mark your calendars early because on Dec. 11-12 nobody’s going to want to miss the on-the-spot performances by this year’s gut-busting improv acts. While event coordinator and mastermind ...

The Fabric of Time

craft supply store/retreat a realization of lifelong dream

Nikki Lanzer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Feelin’ crafty this season? At least one Eau Claire woman is. Ann Sandler is breaking out the needle and thread this fall in order to complete her latest project-in-progress: a new craft supply store that will open later this month in Altoona.

Man of Myth

locally made musical expands on beloved Robyn Hood tales

Nikki Lanzer

Take from the rich and give to the poor? That’s what the original Robin Hood always said ...

Think Small ... Really Small

Nikki Lanzer

It’s the little things in life, right? This fall, one art exhibit hopes to showcase all that is small in the world of creativity. The Think Small art show opened at Accola Gallery (502 Second Ave. East, Durand) in early October and will run through Nov. 21. The idea for the exhibit came from gallery owner Jean Accola ...

Bo's Big Comeback

Colfax native polishes Kickstarted pop record

Nikki Lanzer

From musically inept to solo pop artist – Colfax native Bo Weber has proven he has what it takes to latch on to a passion and roll with it … all the way to California ...